The Presbyterian Hymnal: Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs


Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior, Thee

1.  Thee we adore, O hidden Savior, Thee,
    Who at this blessed feast art pleased to be;
    Both flesh and spirit in Thy presence fail,
    Yet here Thy presence we devoutly hail.

2.  O blest memorial of our dying Lord,
    Who living Bread to all doth here afford!
    O may our souls forever feed on Thee,
    And Thou, O Christ, forever precious be!

3.  Fountain of goodness, Jesus, Lord and God,
    Cleanse us, unclean, with Thy most cleansing blood;
    Increase our faith and love, that we may know
    The hope and peace which from Thy presence flow.

4.  O Christ, whom now beneath a veil we see,
    May what we thirst for soon our portion be,
    To gaze on Thee unveiled, and see Thy face,
    The vision of Thy glory and Thy grace.

WORDS: Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274) Trans. James Russell Woodford, 1850
MUSIC: Benedictine plainsong, Mode V, 13th century As in Hymnal for Colleges and Schools, 1956
Theme: Sacraments and Ordinances